An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons. For example:

  • In thanksgiving
  • For the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday)
  • Most commonly, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.

One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one’s soul. Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical “Mirae caritatis” (1902), beautifully elaborated this point and emphasized the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass.

The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply…the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth.
— Pope Leo XIII

 

Envelopes used to request a Mass Intention are available in the church office.